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Does R&D for cancer drugs cost less than industry-backed estimates?

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimates it costs $2.7 billion to bring a drug into market, taking into consideration research and development (R&D) expenditures by pharmaceutical companies. One of the main justifications for high drug prices is the substantial R&D costs to bring drugs to American consumers—but does it really cost that much?

Anthem policy pushes outpatient imaging out of hospitals

Anthem made headlines this summer by pulling back from several Obamacare exchange programs, but that’s not the insurance giant’s only big policy change of 2017. The Imaging Clinical Site of Care program, administered by Anthem subsidiary AIM Specialty Health, requires outpatient MR and CT scans not considered medically necessary to be completed at a freestanding imaging facility in order to be covered.

Fujifilm announces new 10-year contract with US Dept of Defense

FUJIFIM Medical Systems U.S.A. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to a 10-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worth up to $768 million. The contract, part of the Digital Imaging Network-PACS (DIN-PACS) IV project, allows U.S. government healthcare providers to purchase and install solutions—including Synapse 5 PACS and Synapse VNA—from Fujifilm’s Synapse enterprise imaging portfolio.

MEDNAX acquires Radiology Associates of South Florida

MEDNAX announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, it has acquired Miami-based Radiology Associates of South Florida (RASF). It was a cash transaction, and no other terms of the deal have been made public.

Washington ultrasound company wins $5.6M in IP suit

On Aug. 17, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington confirmed a final award of more than $5.6 million, issued to Verasonics, in a binding arbitration. The court found Alpinion Medical Systems Company had breached non-disclosure and lease agreements and misappropriated Verasonics’ intellectual property.

Money matters: Educational intervention boosts rad residents’ financial literacy

By the end of 2016, Americans had accrued a total of $1.31 trillion in student loan debt—and med school grads have done their share with a median debt of $180,000. Considering such an industry-wide burden, researchers from the department of radiology at the University of Colorado in Aurora examined how educational interventions could improve financial literacy among radiology residents.

JACR Op-ed: ER rads need to be heard in tort reform

Emergency radiologists handle a high volume of patients with an expectation of limiting turnaround time for diagnosis. The emergency department also includes many single-encounter patients, with limited medical histories.

Radiologist compensation continues to rise

More than three-quarters of physician specialties, 77 percent, have enjoyed compensation increases over the past year, and radiology is in that happy mix. Diagnostic rads’ median compensation rose 2.6 percent, from $490,399 in 2016 to $503,225 this year.

Radiology makes an impression as teens get a taste of healthcare work

Radiology is one of the fields on offer to teenagers thinking about medical careers and participating in an introductory program now in its 10th year in Upstate New York.

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium receives $17M to study breast screening

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC)—a research collaboration between several universities, Advocate Health Care and Kaiser Permanente Washington—has received a $17 million grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis and breast MRI as breast screening tools.